This Inspiring 99 Year-Old Woman Sews a Dress a Day to Send to Young Girls in Africa

by 11/27/14   filed under: humanitarian design, kids clothing, news

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99 year-old Lillian Weber sews a dress every single day. While that fact in and of itself is remarkable — what makes Weber’s labor of love even more inspiring is that each dress is destined for a young girl in need through the charity Little Dresses For Africa. Weber aspires to sew her 1,000th dress by her 100th birthday early next May! Read on for this heartwarming tale of how one person can make a huge difference in the lives of others — at any age.

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DIY HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS: 120+ Homemade Presents Friends and Family of All Ages Will Treasure

by 11/27/14   filed under: diy kids crafts, green family, green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids

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Kids Blame Michelle Obama for Their Disgusting School Lunches & Showcase Photos of Their Gross Food

by 11/26/14   filed under: education, news

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Family in Omaha Sells LEGO Ornament Creations & Donates ALL Proceeds to Children in Need

by 11/26/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, green holiday ideas for kids, kid friendly

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We can’t reiterate to our children enough (especially when handed holiday wish lists with requests in the double digits) that the spirit of the holidays is truly about giving, and the entire Carlson clan seems to have embodied this ideal. The Omaha family started making and selling holiday ornaments in 2009 as a family service project, and they have since donated 100% of their proceeds (totaling more than $18,000!) to charity. The two brothers, with the help of their parents, make unique and creative ornaments from LEGO® pieces, including this cute reindeer ornament. A sweet gift for the LEGO® lovers in your family, the ornaments are also available as a build-it kit for a hands-on activity. In keeping with their family giving tradition, the Carlson family will use proceeds from the 2014 ornament sales to purchase basic necessities for children living in homeless or domestic violence shelters and will also be filling 100 shoeboxes to be delivered by Operation Christmas Child to boys and girls all over the world. We think our heart just grew three sizes thinking about this lovely family project!

+ LEGO® Reindeer Ornament $14.00

+ Ornaments 4 Charity

 

12 Heartfelt and Meaningful Christmas Gifts for Children

by 11/26/14   filed under: green baby gifts, green family, green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids

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HOW TO: Make Tofu-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie

by 11/25/14   filed under: cooking, green holiday ideas for kids, vegan cooking

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GUIDE: To Choosing the Most Sustainable and Pesticide-Free Christmas Tree Possible

by 11/25/14   filed under: green holiday ideas for kids, health & body

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Christmas trees are a booming business in the United States. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that 33 million real Christmas trees are sold annually. However, a major downside of the Christmas tree business is that fewer than 1% of all Christmas trees come from certified organic farms. Beyond Pesticides points out how detrimental conventional Christmas tree farming is for people and the environment, noting, “The pesticides that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registers for use on conventionally grown Christmas trees are linked to numerous adverse health effects, including cancer, hormonal disruption, neurotoxicity, organ damage, reproductive/birth defects, asthma, and more.” Still, pesticide laden Christmas trees are still arguably healthier for people and the planet than artificial Christmas trees. Most artificial trees are made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, lead and other plastics, plus, unlike real trees, artificial trees won’t ever biodegrade. As an eco-minded family, you do have some options. You can ditch the Christmas tree this year and go with a more eco-friendly Christmas tree alternative or you can hunt down a certified organic Christmas tree. Learn how after the jump.

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12 Pediatricians in Italy Arrested for Allegedly Taking Bribes from Infant Formula Companies to Discourage Breastfeeding

by 11/25/14   filed under: baby feeding, breastfeeding, news

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According to Reuters, Italian police have placed 12 pediatricians under house arrest for allegedly accepting extravagant gifts from infant formula companies. The gifts, meant to entice the doctors into promoting formula feeding over breastfeeding, included iPhones, Apple computers, air conditioners, televisions, trips to India, the United States, Paris, London and Istanbul and luxury cruises, says Carabinieri police Captain Gennaro Riccardi. Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said in a statement, “There are no adjectives to describe the gravity of these actions. Doctors went against unanimous scientific opinion and the indications of the health ministry in convincing mothers to use powdered milk formula in place of mother’s milk.”

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21 Beautiful Faux & DIY Christmas Trees to Brighten the Season

21 Beautiful Faux & DIY Christmas Trees to Brighten the Season

Cardboard Snowflake Tree The Snowflake Tree by Cardboard Safari is a perfect addition to a home or office holiday setting. The lovely laser-cut modern design by Luis Rodrigalvarez…

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HOW TO: Make Thanksgiving Candles From Leftover Halloween Pumpkins And Gourds

HOW TO: Make Thanksgiving Candles From Leftover Halloween Pumpkins And Gourds

What you will need: miniature pumpkins or gourds beeswax natural lead-free wick drill with attachment knife empty tin can Step 1: Melt the Wax Add enough water to the pot that a…

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The Beautiful, Airy Butterfly Dollhouse is Packed with Possibilities

The Beautiful, Airy Butterfly Dollhouse is Packed with Possibilities

From 3 Star Studio, makers of the stylish ARC Dollhouse, comes a beautiful, airy dollhouse packed with custom design possibilities. Named after its iconic wing-like roof, the Butterfly…

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HOW TO: Bake Organic Miniature Apple Pies for Thanksgiving

HOW TO: Bake Organic Miniature Apple Pies for Thanksgiving

TweetEmail What you will need: For the Pie Dough: 2 1/2 cups organic flour 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt 6 tablespoons ice water 2 sticks of organic butter muffin tin What you…

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Personalize Your Christmas Tree with Custom Ornaments from Paper Culture

Personalize Your Christmas Tree with Custom Ornaments from Paper Culture

Why decorate your tree with generic decorations when you can create your own personalized ornaments that truly express your family’s style? Paper Culture makes it easy to adorn…

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Limited Edition Festive gPants Get Your Baby Into the Holiday Spirit

Limited Edition Festive gPants Get Your Baby Into the Holiday Spirit

TweetEmailGet your baby (and yourself) into the holiday spirit with limited edition seasonal gPants from gDiaper! gDiaper has introduced two new festive gPants for the holiday…

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Christmas Milk & Gingerbread Cookies Playdough Set Lets Kids Bake Up Holiday Fun

Christmas Milk & Gingerbread Cookies Playdough Set Lets Kids Bake Up Holiday Fun

Just in time for the holiday season, one of our favorite Etsy haunts, Apple n Amos, is offering up the sweetest playdough set ever. Their Christmas Milk & Gingerbread Cookies…

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Republic Bike Launches Limited Edition Mini-Cargo Bikes for Kids

Republic Bike Launches Limited Edition Mini-Cargo Bikes for Kids

Republic Bike, the company responsible for the fleet of bikes being ridden around the legendary Google campus, is launching a line of cargo bikes for kids, and all we can say is,…

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HOW TO: Make No-Bake, Gluten-Free, Vegan Pecan Pie Bars for a Sweet Holiday Treat

HOW TO: Make No-Bake, Gluten-Free, Vegan Pecan Pie Bars for a Sweet Holiday Treat

TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients. For the crust: 3/4 cup dates 1 cup pecans 1 tsp liquid coconut oil pinch of sea salt For the filling: 1/4 cup dates 1/2 cup…

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New "Average" Barbie Comes with Scars, Stretch Marks, Acne and Cellulite Sticker Accessories

New "Average" Barbie Comes with Scars, Stretch Marks, Acne and Cellulite Sticker Accessories

The Lammily Doll is Here! The Lammily Doll, nicknamed “average (or normal) Barbie” widely by the media, began as an art project in 2013. In spring of 2014, creator Nickolay…

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